FCC to Drop Morse Testing for All Amateur License Classes

December 15, 2006

From the ARRL website: NEWINGTON, CT, Dec 15, 2006 — In an historic move, the FCC has acted to drop the Morse code requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes. The Commission today adopted, but hasn’t yet released, the long-awaited Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 05-235, the "Morse code" proceeding. Also today, the FCC adopted […]

SuitSat-2 Coming to Space Near You

November 13, 2006

From the ARRL website: "An ISS crew could launch SuitSat-2 during a spacewalk as early as next fall. "We’re talking about October of next year, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Sputnik-1," McFadin said. Other possible commemorative occasions could include the 125th birth anniversary of Robert Goddard, considered the father of modern rocketry, and […]

SuitSat – In Space no one can hear you scream – NPR

February 2, 2006

NPR’s "All Things Considered" program about Suitsat with NPR’s Nell Boyce interviewing Frank Bauer. It is a great bit of publicity for Amateur Radio and AMSAT! The text and audio of the interview appears on the web at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5183146

Suitsat Update – Deployment February 3rd

February 1, 2006

See SuitSat.org once SuitSat is released from the International Space Station (currently scheduled for February 3), and display reports of people that have heard the downlinked audio and seen the slow scan images. Reports will be entered manually here and viewed here. My Tigertronics SignaLink Model SL-1+ has arrived today. I’ll be using this device […]

Disembodied Spacesuit set to orbit Earth

January 27, 2006

From NASA: One of the strangest satellites in the history of the space age is about to go into orbit. Launch date: Feb. 3rd. That’s when astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) will hurl an empty spacesuit overboard. The spacesuit is the satellite — "SuitSat" for short. "SuitSat is a Russian brainstorm," explains Frank […]